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Other Possible Side Effects

PTU is a relatively old medication, approved before it was standard practice to include highly detailed side effect information in the prescribing information for medications. As a result, only vague side effect information is available, with no percentages.
 
Based on this limited information, some of the possible side effects of PTU include but are not limited to:
 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of taste
  • Drowsiness
  • Taste changes
  • Headache
  • A spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Skin pigmentation changes
  • Inflammation of lymph nodes or salivary glands.
     

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the PTU side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking this drug. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to propylthiouracil, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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